Case Study of the Love Canal Environmental Disaster Essay

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Case Study of the Love Canal Environmental Disaster
Phillip Voliva
ENV/410
March 23, 2014
Alicia Holloway

Case Study of the Love Canal Environmental Disaster
In May of 1892 a man named William T. Love arrived in Niagara Falls with a long-held dream of building a carefully planned industrial city with convenient access to inexpensive water power and major markets. The plan included the construction of a navigable power canal between the upper and lower Niagara Rivers which would service a massive industrial complex. The transportation of water would be supplied by the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. However, due to the country suddenly finding itself in the middle of a full-scale economic depression and the fact that Louis
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To assess a person’s exposure to natural and synthetic chemicals, scientists use a scientific technique called biomonitoring and risk assessment. Scientists measure and examine the concentration of chemicals in a person’s tissues and fluids such as breast milk, blood, urine and sometimes expelled air. The amounts of natural and manufactured chemicals that have entered the body are determined by the data gathered from biomonitoring. This information helps determine the sources of chemical exposure, possible health effects, and ways to reduce or prevent future exposure. The only direct method of determining if people and populations have been exposed to particular substances and what the magnitudes are is biomonitoring (Kamrin, 2004). The five steps involved in risk assessment are; identify the hazards, decide who might be harmed and how, evaluate the risks and decide on precaution, record your findings and implement them, and review your assessment and update if necessary. Whalen (1978), "The State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation in the early spring of 1978 launched an intensive air, soil and groundwater sampling and analysis program following qualitative identification of a number of organic compounds in the basements of 11 homes adjacent to the Love Canal” (Environmental Sampling).
The five steps involved in risk assessment were applied to this case by the strange odors and substances that were reported by

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